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For Immediate Release

Press Release

100-Years After Racist Mob Violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, America Must Confront and Remedy Its Violent History

WASHINGTON -

This week marks 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre, in which more than 35 square blocks of a Black community were looted and burned by a white mob in  Oklahoma. Some estimate that more than 300 Black residents were killed and 1,000 homes and businesses destroyed. 

The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
 
"While we remember the victims of the Tulsa race massacre today, we also know that, sadly, this type of racist mob violence is not limited to the past. From the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, to the trespass of a Black teenager’s home by a mob in Pender County, North Carolina just last year, we know that racist violence continues to threaten Black communities across the country. Most concerning is when this type of violence is condoned by the state.” 

Beyond righting these wrongs, the best way to honor those lost to racist violence in the past is to defend and protect Black lives now and going forward. Through our James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate, named in honor of a Black man killed by white supremacists, we are committed to fighting white supremacy and supporting those who have been targeted by racist violence."

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The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

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